May 4, 2006
Great show but....
P&F had to go on after two tough acts to followWidespread Panic did a killer set followed by Bob Dillon who was surprisingly great. My first dead type show since uncle Jerry checked out and my first Phil show so I did not know what to expect. Not to mention my first time at Alpine Valley. I had heard all sorts of glorious stories from back in the day when the Dead would play at AlpineUnfortunately, all that magic is gone. Never had I seen so many NAZI security guards in my life. Very little, if any fun was had in the parking lot with security on foot, in golf carts and even up in towers with binocularsIt got even worse inside as you could not move 3 feet without having to show another security guard your ticket stub. Now I am not saying these concerts should be a free for all, I understand a venues obligation to enforce laws and rules and to protect the public from idiots (and to protect idiots from themselves) It is one thing to scold a patron, even confiscating the contraband would be OK. They would have these gangs of 5 to 10 people in red shirts surround someone (just for using tea in the open) humiliate and intimidate in front of everyone, then actually haul them off. All that aside, the music was excellent, (my first Saint Steven!!) this recording sounds great, but I will never go back to Alpine Valley